Thirty-two Years After Crime, High-Profile Texas Death Case Ends with Life Sentence

On Aug 1, Delma Banks Jr., one of a longest portion inmates in Texas death-penalty history, perceived a life judgment and will be authorised for release in 2024 underneath a defence agreement with prosecutors. Banks was convicted by an all-white jury of a 1980 murder, though there were no witnesses to a murdering and no earthy justification joining Banks to it. The prosecution’s box relied mostly on a testimony of dual informants, both certified drug users. In 1999, roughly 20 years after a trial, Banks’ lawyers detected a twin display that one of a informants’ testimony had been extensively rehearsed and coached and a other had been paid.  In 2004, a U.S. Supreme Court overturned Banks’ genocide judgment since prosecutors had suppressed essential justification and authorised a informants to attest falsely. A new sentencing conference was scheduled for Oct before a defence agreement was struck.  Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle pronounced that a preference was shabby by a victim’s family wanting a box to end. Rochelle said, “They were prepared for some closure.  After 32 years of traffic with a offense, a genocide of their son, a strange trial, a appeals and a awaiting of a new trial, they were prepared for it to end.”  George Kendall, profession for Delma Banks, said, “After 32 years, a State has motionless to no longer find a genocide chastisement in this case. We wish a fortitude of this box will move closure to all concerned.”

(B. Grissom, “Death Row Inmate’s Sentence Reduced to Life,” Texas Tribune, Aug 2, 2012). Read DPIC’s prior coverage of Delma Banks Jr.  See U.S. Supreme Court.  Listen to DPIC’s podcast on a Supreme Court.